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Pacific Northwest Trip: Owls by Day in Walla Walla *FULL*

*This is a self-catered tour. Lodging (book ahead), all meals, transportation, and park entrance fees are your responsibility. We will overnight in Walla Walla for two nights.

Leaving Portland at 6:30 a.m., we will make several stops en route to Walla Walla today. We will visit birdy places like Deschutes River Park, the John Day Dam, and Arlington and McNary National Wildlife Refuges. One major target will be Barrow’s Goldeneye.

The next day, we will join local experts who will be taking us to some of their favorite sites around Walla Walla. It will be a special treat to get the inside scoop on all the rarities and specialties nearby. This area is known for having a robust wintering hawk population with possibilities of Prairie Falcon and Ferruginous Hawk. We will also, of course, search the best owl sites in Walla Walla, looking for day-roosting owls such as Great Horned, Barn, Northern Saw-Whet, Northern Pygmy, and Long-eared Owls.

On our final day, we will be working our way back to Portland stopping at McNary Wildlife Area on the Oregon side (one of the best spots for wintering Harris’s Sparrow), Cold Springs National Wildlife Refuge, and Boardman. Our exact route home will depend on current sightings. We are expected to be back in Portland by 7 p.m.

This is a self-catering trip, and participants will provide their own accommodations as well as meals. Your trip leader will send recommended accommodations as well as meeting details to all participants. Proof of vaccination will be required for this trip.

All COVID-19 safety protocols dictated by the Oregon Health Authority will be followed on our outdoor programs. Masks are mandatory.

See Owls by Day!

We’ll explore the unique habitat along the Columbia River, adjacent to the Blue Mountains on this self-catering winter trip to see owls by day in the Walla Walla area.


Trip Details

  • Trip Leader: Stefan Schlick
  • Fee: $250 members / $310 non-members
  • When: February 18-20, 2022, 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Group size: Limited to 10 participants
  • What is Included: The services of your experienced Portland Audubon leader.
  • Not Included: Transportation, meals, and lodging


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Tara Lemezis